LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Texas Tech beat Nebraska 84-68 on Saturday
afternoon, but not every Red Raider was satisfied with the victory.
Tech coach Bob Knight said he wasn't too thrilled that his team
gave up twice as many points in the second half as in the first."In the first half our defense pushed us toward being in
control but our offense kept that from happening," Knight said.
"We have a lot to work on with our offense."Martin Zeno scored a career high 22 points as Tech (12-5, 4-2
Big 12) led most of the way.The Red Raiders built a 40-26 lead with 16:12 remaining in the
game before Nebraska used a 8-0 run in a three-minute span to cut
the deficit to 40-34. Tech committed six fouls and a turnover in
that same period.But the Cornhuskers then went cold, missing on five straight
shots from the field. An 11-5 Tech run ensued with Zeno getting six
of those to give the Red Raiders some breathing room, up by 51-39
with 9:31 remaining.The Cornhuskers (9-8,3-4) couldn't put together a big enough
rally to pull closer than 71-63 with 1:39 remaining after a
3-pointer by Joe McCray and a fast-break basket by Jason
Dourisseau.Five Tech players were flawless from the free throw line, and
the team made 30 of 35 of them."Two points from the free-throw line counts just the same as a
bucket," Knight said. "I have always felt that free throws are an
extremely important part of the game. Tonight it really worked to
our advantage."Cornhuskers coach Barry Collier agreed."I don't think you want to get into a free throw shooting
contest with those guys as well as they shoot the ball," he said.
"We dug ourselves a hole by not executing in the first half, and
we fouled them in the middle of the second half."Both teams had four players in double figures.Jarrius Jackson scored 18, Devonne Giles had 14 and Ronald Ross
had 11 for Tech.Ross hit on only 3-of-8, or 38 percent, from the field. That's
well below the sizzle he's shown in the past seven games. In those
games Ross shot 68 percent from 3-point range and 66 percent from
the field.Dourisseau and McCray each scored 12 points, while Jake
Muhleisen and Marcus Neal each added 11 for the Cornhuskers.When Nebraska last came to Lubbock two years ago, Knight got his
800th career win in a 75-49 victory.Saturday's win was No. 844 for Knight, who's in his 39th season
coaching Division I teams. He needs 36 wins to top North Carolina's
Dean Smith, who retired with 879.Tech led 32-22 at halftime. Jackson got seven points for Tech
during a 15-2 run midway through the half to put the Red Raiders up
19-9.They were aided by poor shooting and sloppy play by Nebraska.
The Cornhuskers hit on only 8-of-26 for 31 percent. Tech got 14
points off Nebraska's eight turnovers.